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David Manuel-Navarrete


Arizona State University

School of Sustainability

Postdoc funded by Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI), Berlin, Germany

desiguALdades.net: Postdoctoral Researcher (01/09/2010 - 31/08/2012)

Academic Career

since 09/2010 Postdoctoral Researcher desiguALdades.net, Berlin, Germany
06/2007 - 08/2010

King’s College London, Department of Geography, London, UK

06/2004 - 06/2007 United Nations Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Sustainable Development Division, Santiago de Chile, Chile
06/2000 - 06/2004 PhD in Geography at the University of Waterloo, Canada
09/1998 – 06/2000 Master in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
09/1993 – 06/1998 Environmental Sciences Degree, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Teaching Experience

2009 Disasters, climate change and development, Department of Geography. King’s College London.
2006 / 2007 Sustainable Urban Environmental Management (on-line course), co-organized by UNEP and ECLAC.
2001 / 2002 Teaching Assistantship. Geography Department, University of Waterloo. Courses: “Geography and Human Habitat” (GEOG 101), and “Natural Resources Management” (ENV 356).

Socio-ecological Inequalities of Global Tourism in the Mexican Caribbean

Tourism growth in Latin America has benefited international corporations, land-traders, tourism pioneers, government officials, and immigrants. However, serious doubts are cast on the socio-ecological consequences of dominant global tourism models.  My research will review the socio-ecological inequalities generated by the model of global tourism implemented in the Mexican Caribbean. The main research question is: How a model which exacerbates social inequalities while degrading the environment has kept its hegemony for the last 30 years and even today is presented as the only development option? The socio-ecological inequalities generated by the local penetration of global tourism will be explored in three local communities. This exploration will unveil, first, the ways in which people seek to position themselves within power structures in order to exert control over others and the environment. Second, the personal transformations of individual agents who seek to free themselves from power structures. Attention will be placed to the interdependencies and mechanisms connecting local impacts to global tourism dynamics, including the complicities of global actors with "democratic" governance structures. Three aspects of current Latin American debates on inequalities will be emphasized: (1) the accentuation of socio-economic inequalities despite economic growth (2) acknowledging the multiple forms of power asymmetry (including cultural, ethnic, race, or gender), and (3) the growing relevance of environmental issues for social inequalities at a global level. 

Journal Articles

Buzinde, C. N., D. Manuel-Navarrete, E.E. Yoo, D. Morais. 2010. Tourists' Perceptions in a Climate of Change. Annals of Tourism Research, 37 (2): 333–354

Buzinde, C. N., D. Manuel-Navarrete, D. Kerstetter, M. Redclift. 2010. Representations and Adaptation to Climate Change. Annals of Tourism Research, 37(3): 581–603

Lebel, L., P. Garden, A. Luers, D. Manuel-Navarrete, G. Dao. 2010. Know your shrimp, trust your friends: farming shrimp in Thailand and Mexico. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in press

Manuel-Navarrete, D., G. Gallopín, M. Blanco, M. Díaz-Zorita, D. Ferraro, H. Herzer, P. Laterra, M.R. Murmis, G. Podestá, J. Rabinovich, E.H. Satorre, F. Torres, E. Viglizzo. 2009. Multi-causal and integrated assessment of sustainability. The case of agriculturization in the Argentine Pampas. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 11:621–638

Manuel-Navarrete, D., and G. Gallopín. 2007. Integración de políticas, sostenibilidad y agriculturización en la pampa argentina y áreas extrapampeanas. Serie Seminarios y Conferencias de CEPAL, 50, 33 p.

Manuel-Navarrete, D., J.J. Gómez, G. Gallopin. 2007. Syndromes of sustainability of development for assessing coupled human-environmental systems vulnerability. The case of hydrometeorological extreme events in Central America and the Caribbean. Global Environmental Change 17 (2): 207-217

Manuel-Navarrete, D., S. Slocombe, B. Mitchell. 2006. Science for Place-based Socioecological Management: Lessons from the Maya Forest (Chiapas and Petén), Ecology and Society, 11(1):8

Manuel-Navarrete, D., G. Gallopin,  M. Blanco, M. Díaz-Zorita, D. Ferraro H. Herzer, P. Laterra, J. Morello, M.R. Murmis, W. Pengue, M. Piñeiro, G. Podestá, E.H. Satorre, M. Torrent, F. Torres, E. Viglizzo,  M.G. Caputo, A. Celis. 2005. Análisis sistémico de la agriculturización en la pampa húmeda y sus consecuencias en la región extra-pampeana: sostenibilidad, brechas de conocimiento e integración de políticas. Serie Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo, 118. CEPAL: Santiago, 65 p.

Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2005. Challenges and opportunities of metadisciplinary place-based research: The case of the Maya forest, Environments: A Journal of interdisciplinary Studies, 33(1):81-96

Manuel-Navarrete D., J.J. Kay, D. Dolderman. 2004. Ecological integrity: Linking biology with cultural transformation, Human Ecology Review, 11(3): 215-229

Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2003. Los hermanos Odum, Ecología Política, 24: 143-144

Martí, N., V. Vidal, and D. Manuel. 2000. “Evaluación ambiental integrada del desarrollo socioeconómico y ambiental en el entorno del Parque Nacional de Aiguestortes (España)”, Ecología Política, 20: 103 - 130

Manuel, D. 1999. “Nous instruments de presa de decisions en política ambiental: l’exemple de l’Avaluació Multicriteri”, Revista de Debats Territorials, 7: 47-56

Book Chapters

Manuel-Navarrete, D., C. Buzinde (2010) Socio-ecological agency: From “human exceptionalism” to coping with “exceptional” global environmental change. In M. Redclift, G. Woodgate (eds) The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, 306-336. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham

Manuel-Navarrete, D., M. Redclift (2010) The role of place in the margins of space. In M. Redclift, G. Woodgate (eds) The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, 738-770. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham

Manuel-Navarrete D., D. Dolderman, and J.J Kay. 2008. An Ecosystem Approach for Sustaining Ecological Integrity- But which ecological integrity? In D. Waltner-Toews, J. Kay, and N-M Lister (eds) The Ecosystem Approach: Complexity, Uncertainty, and Managing for Sustainability, 335-345. Columbia University Press, New York

Manuel-Navarrete, D., S. Anta. 2007. Conservação da natureza e biodiversidade (Análise Ambiental e de Sustentabilidade do Estado do Amazonas), ECLAC´s Project Reports, 126, 202 p.

Manuel-Navarrete, D., D. Dolderman, and J.J. Kay. 2007. Evolution of the Ecological Integrity Debate. In C.L. Soskolne, L. Westra, L.J. Kotzé, B. Mackey, W.E. Rees, and R. Westra (eds) Sustaining Life On Earth: Environmental and Human Health Through Global Governance, 127-138. Lexington Books, Maryland, USA

Manuel-Navarrete D., D. Dolderman, and J.J Kay. 2003. Different Ways of Framing the Discussion of Ecological Integrity, 277-288. In S. Ulgiati, M.T. Brown, M. Giampietro, R.A. Herendeen, and K. Mayumi (eds) Advances in Energy Studies: Reconsidering the importance of energy. SGE Publisher. Padova, Italy

Manuel, D., y N. Martí (2001) “La Agenda Local 21 en Cataluña”, en N. Font, and J. Subirats (eds.) La Implementación de la Agenda Local 21 en España, 137– 168.  Icària. Barcelona.

Manuel, D. i J. Martínez-Alier (1999) “La petjada ecològica”, en Grup de Defensa del Ter (ed.), Rius per Viure. Girona, Catalunya

Manuel, D., y N. Martí (1999) “El Parque Natural del Delta del Ebro”, en S. Aguilar, N. Font, and J. Subirats (eds.) La Política Ambiental en España: Subsidiariedad y Desarrollo Sostenible,  145-177.  Editorial Tirant lo Blanch. Col. Ciencia Política. Valencia, España.


Manuel-Navarrete, D. 2007. Reflexivity. In M. Bevir (ed.) Encyclopedia of Governance. SAGE Publications

Manuel-Navarrete, D., J. Samaniego 2007. Global warming. In M. Bevir (ed.) Encyclopedia of Governance. SAGE Publications

Manuel-Navarrete, D., C. Modvar. 2007. Stakeholders. In M. Bevir (ed.) Encyclopedia of Governance. SAGE Publications

To be published

Manuel-Navarrete, D. (under review) Power, realism, and the humanist ideal of emancipation in a climate of change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

Manuel-Navarrete, D., M. Pelling, M. Redclift (under review) Development visions, governance structures, and coping strategies: Tourism and critical adaptation to hurricanes in the Mexican Caribbean. Global Environmental Change



“Governance as Process: Power Spheres and Climate Change Response in the Mexican Caribbean”, Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. Earth System Governance: People, Places and the Planet, 2-4 December 2009. Session on “Accountability and Legitimacy”. 4 December. Volendam, The Netherlands

“Human-Environment Integration and Global Environmental Change Human Security”, GECHS Project Synthesis Conference, 22-24 June 2009. Session on “Culture, Values, Worldviews and Global Change”, 24 June. University of Oslo, Norway

“Spaces of Consumption: Nature and the politics of displacement in the Mayan Riviera”, Latin American Studies Association Congress: Rethinking Inequalities, 11-14 June 2009. Session on “Consumer Culture in Latin America”, 12 June. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Power, climate change and urbanization in the Mexican Caribbean”, 7th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 26-30 April 2009. Session on “Drivers of Change: Patterns and Processes of Urbanization in Developing and Developed Areas”, 27 April. World Conference Center Bonn, Germany

Seminario Especial sobre “Governanza, turismo y adaptación al cambio climático en el Caribe mexicano”, 1 Octubre 2008. Universidad Tecnológica de Cancún, México

“Governance and climate change adaptation”. Working Meeting of Amerlinks Network, 30 September 2008, CINVESTAV-Mérida, Yucatán , Mexico

“Governanza, turismo y adaptación al cambio climático en el Caribe mexicano”. Semana International del Turismo del Gobierno Municipal de Solidaridad, 22-27 septiembre 2008, Playa del Carmen, México

“Governanza, turismo y adaptación al cambio climático en el Caribe mexicano”. VII Seminario de Turismo y Sostenibilidad, 12-13 septiembre 2008. Universidad del Caribe, México

“Los retos del cambio climático en Tulum”. Taller local “El Medio Ambiente en el Contexto del Desarrollo de Tulum”, 27-29 agosto 2008. Universidad de Quintana Roo, México

“Cambio Climático en Playa del Carmen”. Foro local “Los retos del Cambio Climático”, 22 de abril 2008, Universidad Tecnológica de la Riviera Maya, México

“Addressing global change through the application of syndromes of sustainable development: The case of the Argentine Pampas” and “Building interdisciplinary conservation science by analyzing ecological integrity discourses in the Maya Forest” (poster presentations). Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) Open Meeting on Global Environmental Change: Regional Challenges, 9-12 November 2006. Beijing International Convention Centre, Beijing, China

“Sustainable development indicators (SDI): Regional experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)”. International Workshop in Sustainable Development Indicators, 28-30 August 2006. Main speaker Opening Session, 28 August, University of São Paulo, Brazil

“Knowledge systems and sustainable agriculture in the Argentine Pampas”. 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, 9-13 October 2005. Session on “Enhancing the contribution  of research-based knowledge to the pursuit of sustainability”, 12 October. University of Bonn, Germany

“Ecological integrity discourses and their manifestations in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (Guatemala)”. ISEE 2004 “Challenging Boundaries: Economics, Ecology and Governance”, 11-14 July. Special Session in the memory of Dr. James Kay, July 13. Montreal Convention Center,  Canada

“Systems of knowledge for the conservation of the Maya Rainforest (Mexico and Guatemala)”. International Workshop Interfaces between Science and Society, 27-28 November 2003. Session on “Science, Sustainable Development and other Knowledges”, 28 November. Centro Congressi Stelline. Milano, Italy

“Ecological integrity discourses and their manifestations in the Maya Forest (Mexico and Guatemala)”. 2003 Hamburg Conference “Does Discourse Matter? Discourse, Power and Institutions in the Sustainability Transition”, 11-13 July 2003. Session on “Biodiversity Discourses”, 12 July. International Center for Politics and Economics, Hamburg, Germany

“People and their involvement in the ecological integrity dialogue”. Conference on “Global Ecological Integrity, Human Rights and Human Responsibilities. Intersections between International Law and Public Health”, 27 June- 1July 2003. Session on “Sustainability, Public Policy and the Law”, 28 June. University of Urbino, Urbino, Italy

“Different Ways of Framing the Discussion of Ecological Integrity”. 3rd Biennial International Workshop on “Advances in Energy Studies: Reconsidering the importance of energy”, 24- 28 September 2002. Panel Session 4: Environmental Integrity and Health of Adaptive Dissipative Systems, 26 September. Porto Venere, Italy

“Managing for Ecological Integrity”. The 2002 Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) Conference on “Ecological Theory, Politics, and Action”. 28-30 May 2002. University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Complexity Theory and Social Sciences”. Workshop on Conservation and Sustainable Development- Comparative Perspectives. 29–31 August 2001. Yale Centre of Comparative Studies. Yale University. New Haven. USA

“Ecological integrity: From a normative concept to a framing concept in complex systems analysis”. 3rd Conference of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE). 23-25 August 2001. Session on “Ecological Economics and Environmental Justice”, 24 August. McGill University. Montreal, Canada

“Ecological Integrity: From a Normative Concept to a Framing Concept in Complex System Analysis”. 45th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Science. 8-13 July 2001.  Session on “Applied Systems and Development”, 11 July. Asilomar Conference Grounds. California, USA

“Teoría de sistemas complejos: implicaciones de este nuevo paradigma científico para la comprensión del ser humano y de sus interrelaciones con los ecosistemas”. III International Convention on Environment and Development, 18-22 June 2001. Session on “Economy and Environment”, 19 June. Havana, Cuba

“Ecological Integrity: From a Normative Concept to a Framing Concept for Complex Systems Analysis”. Parks Research Forum of Ontario (PRFO) 2001 Annual Meeting, 9-10 May 2001. Session on Policy and Planning, 10 May. York University, Toronto, Canada

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